Art & Soul Youth Applications are still being accepted!

Art & Soul of Magic Valley, presented by the Magic Valley Arts Council, is the largest cash prize art contest in the Northwest and is held each year in Twin Falls, ID. The competition brings artists, businesses, and community members together to award over $40,000 in prize money, with top prize taking home  $15,000. Art & Soul of Magic Valley will be April 13-28, 2018. More that 165 artists are registered for the main contest. Youth Contest applications will be accepted through March 9.

This unique Art and Community event offers fun, festivities, and excitement as artists’ works are seen by thousands of locals and visitors. Everyone 16 years old and older with a valid identification is encouraged to register to vote for their favorite art pieces. Public voting is free and determines all the winners.  In 2018 there will be more than 30 prize winners.

Artists’ works are showcased in Venues – Twin Falls city businesses, public offices and public spaces which become galleries for hundreds of pieces of art work displayed in multiple “neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Artists secure Sponsors to serve as their advocates.  Anyone can become a Sponsor: individuals, friends, family, civic groups or organizations, etc.

For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).

Visit 2018 APPLICATIONS tab to enter

2017 Art & Soul Top Prize Winners

Sponsored by the Magic Valley Arts Council, the 7th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley winners were announced during the May 6 Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. The ceremony brought to a close the public-voting art contest where over 280 artists showcased their work in 80 locations throughout Twin Falls, ID.

Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is a city-wide art appreciation and awareness event awarding $40,000 in prize money. Major Supporters of the contest were Art Guild of Magic Valley, Blue Lakes Inn, Locally Owned Radio, Magic Valley Mall, and Premier Autogroup.

The Art & Soul 4th Place winner and recipient of $1,500 is New Plymouth, ID artist Travis Emmen with his large wire sculpture entry of a boxer dog and ball entitled My Favorite Thing. As the Venue for the 4th Place Winner TitleFact receives $50.


The Art & Soul 3rd Place winner and recipient of $2,500 is Sharon Breshears of Gooding, ID for her photography entry Through the Mist. As the Venue for the 3rd Place Winner the Orpheum Theatre receive $100.

For the first time in Art & Soul history two entries have tied for 1st Place.

Grand Prize Winner BMW Motorcycle created by David Bahr and Courtney Bjornn1st Place

Due to the tie, there is no 2nd place award. First place winners and recipients of $10,000 each are David Bahr & Courtney Bjornn of Twin Falls, ID for their large fiber entry BMW Motorcycle made from corrugated fiber sheets;

Grand Prize winner Vessel by David LaMure, Jr.

and David LaMure, Jr. of Kimberly, ID for his small bronze sculpture entry Vessel. As the Venues for the 1st Place Winners Middlekauff Auto Mall and Design 125 each receive $175.






2016 Interview with Art & Soul Founder Art Hoag

To find your favorite artists simply search by name or go the the CATEGORY tab and through the artists listed under each category. Artists will be added beginning March 1.

Thursday, April 12th:

All are invited to the official kick-off party for the 8th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Twin Falls Center for the Arts, home of the Magic Valley Arts Council.  Delight your senses with food, friends, and fun as we unveil this year’s art.  Enjoy live music and be among the first to register to vote!  195 River Vista Place.  For more information contact the Arts Council at (208) 734-2787, www.magicvalleyartscouncil.org and the official Art & Soul website www.magicvalleyhasart.com.